System running low on resources error on Windows 10 [EASY FIX]

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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how to solve System running low on resources error on Windows 10

Most computers have two or more ‘registered’ user accounts on them. Having multiple user accounts on one computer is very useful, but it can cause some problems, sometimes.

This time, we’re going to talk about the problem which prevents you to log into a user account, showing you the error “System running low on resources – Cannot log on as new user.

How can I fix System running low on resources error on Windows 10?

  1. Make sure you closed all programs
  2. Change Power Settings
  3. Clean boot your computer
  4. Scan your computer
  5. Fix computer memory issues

As you noticed, this error shows mainly on computers with multiple user accounts. And it appears when you switched from one user account to another, without closing all running programs.

So, if you didn’t close all running programs, before you switched to another user account, there’s a chance that error saying “System running low on resources – Cannot log on as new user” will appear on the next reboot.

As you left these programs running, they’re now using your memory, and you don’t have enough memory to ‘run’ the next user account.

This error usually appears on computers with lower memory, and it was more common in previous versions of Windows, but if your computer is barely compatible with Windows 10, it could show up on your machine, as well.

So, let’s see what can we do to eliminate this error, and log in to the new user account, normally.

Solution 1 – Make sure you closed all programs

As I told you, this error probably appeared because of running programs that use your memory resources. So the first logical step towards solving this problem is to close these programs.

So, before logging to the other user account, go to the user account you were using last, and see if there are any programs left running.

When you make sure you closed all your programs on one user account, go to Log out (not Switch accounts), and when you’re successfully logged out, try to log in to another user account, again. You shouldn’t have any problems this time.

You want to completely close all the apps in Windows 10? End all their processes with the help of this amazing guide.

Solution 2 – Change Power Settings

There’s one other, similar cause of the problem. This is related to laptops, and it depends on how your computer is set to react before laptop lid is closed.

First thing first, you MUST wait until you’re logged of to close your lid, don’t close your lid while still logged on, because there’s a big chance this error will appear.

Also, your laptop’s power settings are probably set to put your laptop to sleep, or hibernation when the lid is closed. So, if you really can’t wait to close your lid, before you log off, you should do a couple of changes in your Power Management settings.

Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Go to Search, type power options, and open Power Options
  2. Choose What closing the lid does
  3. Choose Do Nothing when the lid is closed

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You can’t find your Power Plans? Get them back by following the easy steps in this article.

Solution 3 – Clean boot your computer

  1. Go to Start > click on the Power icon > click on Restart while simultanerously pressing the Shift key
  2. A blue screen will appear > navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Settings > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. Your computer will automatically restart > Press F5 to enable Safe Mode with mode networking
  4. Perform a clean boot by going to Start and typing ‘msconfig‘ > hit Entermsconfig windows 10
  5. On the Services tab >  select the Hide all Microsoft services check box > click Disable all.clean boot windows 10
  6. On the Startup tab > click on Open Task Manager.
  7. On the Startup tab in Task Managerselect all items > click Disable.disable task manager programs
  8. Close the Task Manager.
  9. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box >click OK > restart your computer.

If you’re interested in how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide. Also, if you can’t open Task Manager in Windows 10, don’t worry. We’ve got the right solution for you.

Safe mode is not working on Windows 10? Don’t panic, this guide will help you get past the booting problems.

Solution 4 – Scan your computer

Malware may also put a strain on your computer resources, triggering this error. Run a full system scan using your antivirus of choice to eliminate this potential issue.

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We also recommend you to install an anti-malware software compatible with your antivirus, as well as an cryptojacking blocker to keep cryptocurrency miners at bay.

As a quick reminder, cryptocurrency miners use your computer’s resources without your consent, causing slowdowns.

Learn how to scan easily your system with Windows Defender offline by reading this dedicated guide.

Solution 5 – Fix computer memory issues

If your computer memory is low, this may explain why you’re getting this error message. Fortunately, Windows Report published a series of articles on how to fix low memory issues.

Check them out and follow the instructions listed there to fix your problem:

That’s about it, I hope you now better understand what this error means, and how to deal with it. If you have any comments, or questions, just write them down below in the comments section.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Had this problem with a slightly elderly laptop with only 1 user account. Cleared it by removing the battery for a few seconds.

  • what if your the only user using one account then what? sounds like an update bug to me as this is something new, and makes no sense if there is only one person logging in all the time